The Awesome Power of Our Omnipotent God

It’s so important during these days of pandemic to remember that a source of power exists that is greater than disease and death. This piece was originally published on CBN.com. Thanks goes to the Senior Producer at CBN, Beth Patch, for permission to republish here for my beloved subscribers. “Truly I tell you, if anyoneContinue reading “The Awesome Power of Our Omnipotent God”

From Dusk to Dawn

As we stood there together at the water’s edge on a December night looking out over the horizon, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness. Although the sun had dipped below the skyline and darkness was settling in, we could glimpse the scattered orange rays of sunlight breaking in through the clouds. It was rare toContinue reading “From Dusk to Dawn”

Mary’s Song

Well, it wasn’t your typical Christmas Eve service. We set out not knowing what to expect. A “drive thru” morning Christmas Eve service—what does that even look like? We’re used to an hour service at night with cantata, communion, and candlelight. But these days of the pandemic are truly unprecedented. So, with masks in-hand, weContinue reading “Mary’s Song”

When Life Throws You a Curve

This piece was previously published on CBN.com. A shout out to Senior Editor of the site, Beth Patch, for permission to republish it here. Feel free to like, comment, share, and subscribe! The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a characteristic grip and hand movement that lends forward spin to theContinue reading “When Life Throws You a Curve”

Walking and Leaping and Praising God

Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled withContinue reading “Walking and Leaping and Praising God”

New Book Coming Soon

Family portrait of the Tosettos (paternal ancestors), ca. 1925 I am pleased to announce this book is now under contract with Wipf & Stock (Eugene, OR) and due for publication in 2021. Twentieth-century America provided a platform for countless immigrant peoples who, in turn, contributed to the nation’s landscape as a multicultural, inclusive land ofContinue reading “New Book Coming Soon”

The Little Tugboat: My Father’s Call to Ministry

I am delighted to feature this memoir penned by my mother, Joy Palma, in honor of her late father, Joseph Rubbo. Grandpa Rubbo (1920-1998) pastored Bayside Church in Queens, New York for thirty-two years. He served for a number of years as the Eastern District Overseer of the Christian Church of North America (with moreContinue reading “The Little Tugboat: My Father’s Call to Ministry”

From the Mouths of Babes

In celebration of the girls’ birthday coming up, I’d like to share a reflection I wrote a few years ago when they were hardly a year old. The piece was originally published on CBN.com. I want to thank Beth Patch, Senior Editor at the network, for the permission to feature the piece here for allContinue reading “From the Mouths of Babes”

The Healthy Kind of Fear

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7; NKJV). In these days of COVID, I’ve heard a number of well-meaning Christians say something to the effect, “We shouldn’t fear. God is bigger than the coronavirus.” Yet, that is precisely why we should fear. The BibleContinue reading “The Healthy Kind of Fear”

A Father’s Day Tribute, 2020

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share a piece written by my dad on behalf of his dad. I’m grateful for Dad’s dedication to his family, work, and ministry. The same values he lauds of Grandpa, well, I can say the same about him. For example, I can’t think of a single timeContinue reading “A Father’s Day Tribute, 2020”